Monday, December 27, 2010

'tis the season

Since there are technically 12 days of Christmas, I guess it's not too late to wish everyone a merry one. I had such a fabulous time and I am continuing to enjoy the season, even though my trip to NYC has been postponed until Wednesday thanks to our dear friend Mother Nature.
I was just telling my mom I am not a huge fan of red, ESPECIALLY during the holidays because it's such a cliche. However, I decided to be like the other 5 million holiday enthusiasts and wear my red thrifted sweater skirt to a Christmas Eve bash.

wearing: gap white tee, zara scarf,thrifted belt & skirt, aldo booties/dolce vita boots (featured in vlog)
worn to: christmas eve party

If all goes as planned, I will be in NYC for NYE so I will see you guys in 2011. Follow me on TWITTER to hear me ranting and raving as I walk the snow filled streets of New York! But first, check out the second edition of my vlog and subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

chic chef: salted caramel pecan bars

I love to give gifts, but as a grad student I had to be creative with my gift giving this year. So what did I do? I made yummy snacks for my family :) It's cost efficient, it serves multiple people, and most importantly, it's been a huge hit so far! I adapted the recipe for my salted caramel pecan bars from eat-drink-smile.

*1 cup of chopped pecans
*12 whole graham crackers (i used honey)
*1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
*3/4 cups of butter (i used 1 stick or 1/2 a cup of margarine)
*2 tablespoons whipping cream
*1 tablespoon vanilla extract
*1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

*preheat oven to 350 degrees
*bake pecans in a single layer for 10 minutes
*line a pan with aluminium foil and lightly grease
*place graham crackers on foil and slightly overlap edges
*bring sugar, butter, & cream to a boil over medium heat
*remove from heat and add vanilla & pecans
*pour butter mixture over crackers, spreading to coat
*bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, until lightly brown and bubbling
*once removed from oven sprinkle with kosher salt
*cool completely (about 30 mins) and cut into bars

**To present as a gift, don't forget to pick up a holiday tin to put your treats in**

Monday, December 20, 2010


I've been wanting to do a vlog post forever, and my friend over at QUEAN gave me the nice little push/inspiration I needed to get it done.

I wasn't quite sure how my video would turn out so I had pictures of a variation of this look (I wear this sweater A LOT) on the back burner, and obviously still decided to post them.
But without further ado, check me out in as real life as most of you will probably get ;)
Thanks for watching. I know it was kind of long, but I hope you enjoyed the music and the next one will be (might be) shorter once I learn the ins and outs of editing.
You can subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE :) And please let me know if you have one too!

wearing: h&m jacket and sweater, dolce vita boots, target necklace & bag
worn to: you name it, and i've worn this sweater there

Thursday, December 16, 2010

all black everything

When I was in college, my friends always told me I only wore black. I guess I thought I was from New York and not Cali back then.

I fully embrace color now, but there is still something so chic about head to toe black. (why are hands on hip posses always so cheesy
I've had this dress for a few years now, and it hasn't seen the outside of my closet much, and I am really not sure what made me whip it out to wear to class of all places, but I did :)
The only bit of "color" I wore that day was this trench I got in Paris a while ago.
I don't wear it much either because I want to get it tailored, but it did the trick for the day.
I realized I never gave you a formal introduction to the world's most comfortable booties! I should have bought two because at that rate I am wearing them, the heel will be worn out before 2011.

wearing: morgan de toi trench, bcbg max azria dress, aldo booties
worn to: class

Monday, December 13, 2010

2nd annual 12 days of christmas

A year ago today, I did my first 12 days of Christmas wish list. Below is what's on my list this year, in no particular order. What's on your list?

day 1: cute sweatpants-h&m-$18...i picture these with my lace up aldo booties and a blazer on my flight to NYC at the end of the month

day 2: horizontal cross necklace-etsy-$ it, and have been wanting it forever!

day 3: tiered bottom wool coat-express-$136...tried this coat on in boston and have been thinking about it ever since

day4: eyeshadow palette-amazon-$ 2011, i will be better and more creative with my eye makeup

day 5: blender-target-$15...dying to make THESE toasted marshmallow milkshakes, and the only thing i am missing is the blender :-/

day 6: decoded by jay z-amazon-$'s jay z, enough said

day 7: jeggings-arden b-$60...these are basically a necessity to get me through the winter and i am not married to this brand. i just want a good pair that will fit and won't stretch out

day 8: mustard pashmina-target $12...i love this color, but i'd take a pashmina in any color, solid or print, because i can NEVER have enough
day 9: panther ring-rachel roy-$ about a conversation piece. when i met rachel roy i was admiring her panda ring and now she's brought her fabulous animal rings to the masses

day 10: vintage dooney & bourke bag-ebay-$ current obsession. i really, really, REALLY want one. i planned on borrowing my mom's but she gave it to charity!

day 11: floral cardigan-j crew-$54...i need more cardigans and sweaters. this floral one is perfect

day 12: pajamas...i don't have a particular brand in mind, i just want them to be warm

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


This is my version of a sporty look :)

I haven't worn this Gap puff vest or this cable J Crew cable sweater in years.

Now that I've reunited with both, I can't let go and have worn each more than once in the last week ;)

How cute is my nephew/photographer? Love him!

wearing: random scarf, j crew sweater, gap puff vest, dry aged denim jeans, dolce vita boots
worn to: class & window shopping in san fran

Thanks to

Chic Therapy

for including me on her top 10 list of Chic Therapist!

Also, thank you to Ms Med School for posting the funniest fashion blogger spoof! You must check it out HERE. I guarantee you will laugh.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

all dressed up with no place to go

wearing: j crew cardigan, fcuk bow skirt
worn to: see below :(

If you follow me on TWITTER, you know about my debacle last night. I was supposed to be going to a charity holiday event, but my +1 for the evening sent me an IM that I never got saying she couldn't make it, and by the time I got in contact with her I was already dressed and ready to head out the door. Totally sucks! Anyway, I didn't get a chance to take pictures of my look, which I loved, other than this one crappy office picture only intended for TWITTER. I decided to post it anyway because, who knows when I will get the opportunity to where my favirote bow skirt again.

I was also wearing my cutout Louboutin's that rarely make it out of my closet.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

because i felt like it

I woke up to cloudy skies and less than desirable temperatures, and I decided to put on a floral dress, because I felt like it.

Not to mention, it didn't need to be ironed and required zero thought :)

Can't wait for 12/17/10 a.k.a the end of the semester.

Did I mention that am I going to NYC for NYE? Can't wait for that either.

Ok, done rambling...time to get back to the books. Don't forget to follow me on TWITTER

wearing: h&m dress, gap denim jacket, gifted scarf, aldo booties
worn to: class

Sunday, November 28, 2010

all about the details

Believe it or not, sometimes I get more excited about the lining of a coat or jacket or bag than I do the actual item. Definitely the case for this Rachel by Rachel Roy blazer. If I hadn't fallen in love with the beautiful colors in the watercolor print AND if she weren't so incredibly sweet the day I met her (read about that day HERE) this blazer never would have made it to my closet, but I am glad it did!

wearing: rachel roy blazer, mossimo top, urban pants, dolce vita boots, elliott luca bag
worn: out lounging

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

chic chef: peach & pear cobbler

In honor of Thanksgiving, I am doing my first edition of Chic Chef! First up, Peach & Pear Cobbler.

1 cup bisquick
1 cup of milk
1 cup of sugar
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of brown sugar
1 can (29 ounces) sliced peaches, drained (not completely)
1 can (15 1/4 ounces) sliced pears, drained (not completely)
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine melted

Heat oven to 375
*Add Bisquick to an ungreased baking dish
*Add milk, nutmeg and make sure to stir thoroughly (shouldn't’t have any lumps)
*Add melted butter and also mix in well
*In a separate bowl add pears, peaches (mostly drained but leave a bit of juice) sugar, and mix well
*Sprinkle a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar on top of Bisquick mixture (batter)
*Place the peaches and pears mixture on top of batter making sure to cover the whole surface
*Bake for 60 minutes, should be a golden brown color

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

loving leopard...and scarves

If you can't tell from this post and the last, I have a thing for leopard :) Shoes, tops,umbrellas, you name it, I've got it.
I also have a thing for scarves. During fall and winter (and hopefully year round now that I am in a more mild climate), it is the one accessory I can not live without.
A good scarf takes your outfit a long way when your style is a bit more low key like mine tends to be.

wearing: ny & company cardigan, gifted scarf, dry aged denim jeans, cheap flats from tj maxx
worn to: class